Walks for all - Samphire Hoe Country Park

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Walk information

Start point postcode: CT17 9EL - get directions
Length: 2 miles (3.2 km)
Duration (estimated): 1 hour 30 minutes

Parking: No.

Public transport: Visit Traveline

Walk summary

Enjoy magnificent views along this coastal walk through the newest part of Kent.

Samphire Hoe has been created from the spoil excavated during the construction of the Channel Tunnel.

Maps and guides

Download the Samphire Hoe walking guide (PDF, 247.7 KB)

Ordnance Survey Explorer map 138 covers this walk. Available from the Ordnance Survey shop

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About the walk

The Samphire Hoe picnic site has been sympathetically landscaped and is already well established.

The park is a mass of wildflowers throughout spring and summer. Visitors in April and May can seek out the early spider orchids. Samphire Hoe has also become a key site for ground-nesting meadow pipits and skylarks.

Look east towards Dover for a good view of the dramatic outline of Shakespeare Cliff. It is this cliff which is thought to have inspired a pass in William Shakespeare's tragedy, 'King Lear' - "there is a cliff, whose high and bending head looks fearfully in the confined deep..."

The walk has two distinct one-mile (1.6km) sections. One follows the sea wall along smooth concrete, while the other passes through the middle of Hoe with good paths and some steep gradients. There are a number of resting points along this section.

When the sea is rough, waves can come curling over the sea wall. When it is too stormy, the sea wall may be closed to the public temporarily.